Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The great life!

This week I watched a group of people lose their jobs, and I have to say that it was a miserable experience for all involved. I knew these people well, and I am praying hard for them. As I talked to these wonderful people, I witnessed various levels of reactions. I saw anger, sadness, depression, and many more. My heart goes out to them as they face a challenging time in their lives. Now the question becomes, how do we handle these sort of situations?

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, Ihave kept the faith.

Satisfaction in life comes from living righteously and trying to raise the level of quality in the relationships, services and products you're involved with. Matthew 5:6 says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Do you really believe that? If you did, what would you be doing? You would spend more time feeding your spirit than trying to satisfy your fleshly desires. Have you ever tried to satisfy the flesh? It can't be done. The more you feed it, the more it wants.

Satisfaction is a quality issue, not a quantity issue. You'll achieve greater satisfaction from doing a few things well than from doing many things in a haphazard or shoddy manner. The key to personal satisfaction is not in broadening your involvements, but in deepening them through a commitment to quality.

The same is true in relationships. If you are dissatisfied in your relationships, maybe you've spread yourself too thin. Solomon wrote: "A man of many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). It may be nice to know a lot of people on the surface, but you need a few good friends who are committed to a quality relationship with each other. We all need the satisfaction which quality relationships bring.

Paul accomplished what he was called to do. He left a lot undone, but he fought the good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. Jesus also left a lot undone, but He did His Father's will and was able to say, "It is finished." You may not be able to do all you want to do for Christ in your lifetime, but you can live obediently and faithfully day by day.

Praying that we look to the right place during the hard times
Pastor Mike

Sleeping On The Job?

This is just a 15 minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to.
I was working smarter - not harder.

Whew! I must have left the top off the whiteout.

I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!

This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!

I was testing the keyboard for drool resistance.

I'm in the management training program.

I'm actually doing a Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan (SLEEP). I learned at the last mandatory seminar you made me attend.

This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!

I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work related stress. Do you discriminate against people who practice Yoga?

Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.

The coffee machine is broken....

Someone must have put decaf in the wrong pot.

Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won't wear off.

Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!

I wasn't sleeping. I was trying to pick up my contact lens without my hands

The mail courier flipped out and pulled a gun so I was playing dead to avoid getting shot.

Geez, I thought you (the boss) were gone for the day.


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